Cabinet refacing can be a cost effective, middle ground way to just simply refinish the existing cabinets and full-scale (and sometimes very costly) cabinet replacement. Cabinet refacing, while still costing money, is often less time consuming than replacing the whole cabinets, and in some cases less cost effective than completely replacing the doors and drawer fronts. What’s more, refaced cabinets tend to have a newer, fresher appearance that, over time, can also provide a noticeable level of improvement in the general appearance of a room. And with today’s increasingly beautiful cabinet materials and styles, cabinet refacing has become a fairly popular home improvement option.
While refacing cabinet doors is a fairly easy process that can even be done by the novice homeowner with a relatively good set of tools and supplies, refinishing a cabinetry system generally requires professional cabinet refacing services. Cabinet refacing services can also be performed by a contractor, but this service usually comes at a cost. When you hire a contractor to reface your cabinet doors, he’ll remove the hardware from the cabinet doors, then apply new cabinet doors and drawer fronts. In addition, he will also install new hinges, doorstops, and other cabinet components.
Although cabinet refacing services generally cost more than just replacing cabinet doors, you should also keep in mind that it will take longer for your drawers and storage accessories to appear as new. Depending on the type of hardware used, it may also be necessary to clean and paint the interior surfaces of your drawers, doors, and other hardware. In addition, because cabinet refacing requires the removal of hardware and the installation of new hardware, it can also be quite a labor-intensive process. So if you’re considering cabinet refacing, it’s probably a good idea to get the help of a professional to perform the work.
The two primary choices for cabinet refacing are veneer and solid. While veneer cabinet doors cost more than solid cabinet doors, they provide the look of expensive wood without the high price tag. If you’re looking for a more modern look, consider veneer cabinet refacing. They’re available in a variety of wood stains including mahogany, walnut, oak, cherry and other hardwoods. In addition, there are many different styles of veneer available such as beveled edges or scroll styles.
Solid cabinet refacing is a more traditional approach to remodeling your kitchen layout. These doors are constructed out of a solid piece of wood, and most people choose them because they’re easily repaired and are available in a wide array of stain colors. However, solid doors can also be constructed out of pressed wood, MDF and particle board. If you want an old-fashioned country feel to your kitchen layout, consider installing old-fashioned wooden doors.
No matter which route you take, the results are often the same when you install new kitchen cabinets. Your kitchen will look better, and you’ll probably save money doing it too. It’s best to hire a professional cabinet refacing company to do your kitchen cabinet refacing, because it requires skills that some people aren’t good with. Still, if you’re handy with tools and have the budget, then you might want to try it out on your own. Whichever route you choose, you can be confident in knowing that your kitchen cabinets are making a big impact on your home.